Garden Blogger Bloom Day for October

Today is GB Bloom Day for October, a tradition started by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  I took a brief walkabout yesterday and noted there were indeed still some flowers doing their best to have us take notice before the anticipated freeze that should come in about a week or so if the weather is on schedule.  Place of honor has to go to the Cosmos.

Cosmos and our resident Sugar Maple

Cosmos and our resident Sugar Maple

The bees are very fond of the Cosmos (of course they don’t have as much to choose from as the season runs down.

Bee on Cosmos

Bee on Cosmos

And other annuals like Zinnias and Marigolds are still very much in play.

Bees on Marigold

Bees on Marigold

The Dahlias are at their best in the Fall.  These colorful flowers are better and better right up until frost.

Dahlia (fuschia tinged yellow)

Dahlia (fuschia tinged yellow)

I’ll have to see if I can see the label on this one when it’s daylight (*Jonathan says it’s Gallery Pablo and I believe that’s right).

The cyclamens that we bought from Seneca Hills last Spring are also looking better as the season progresses.  All three plants purchased have come into flower.

Cyclamen purpurascens

Cyclamen purpurascens

The surprise for us this week was the Pineapple Sage that Beth planted last Spring in the herb garden.  It’s supposed to take a long time to flower and it did.  But it’s a very nice flower once it comes.

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)

Aside from the blooms, we also had a butterfly visitor that I hadn’t noticed before flying through the orchard.  It’s name really is the Question Mark — that’s not a stand-in for not knowing the name.

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

The season is well marked by that Sugar Maple that I mentioned earlier.  This tree almost died in our front yard, exposed to the winter winds.  When I moved it to the forest (dragged by a logging chain because it was quite big even then), it prospered.

Sugar Maple turning color

Sugar Maple turning color

Another sign of Fall is the steady stream of honkers passing overhead.  The Canada Geese are abundant over at Lilypons where I returned again this week looking for bird pictures after last weeks successful visit.

Landing Pad for the Canada Geese

Landing Pad for the Canada Geese at Lilypons

13 comments on “Garden Blogger Bloom Day for October

  1. Noelle

    Hello,

    I love all of your pictures. But, I think my favorite is the Canadian Geese. I continue to enjoy your excellent photography.

    1. jw

      I think that’s right. It was in with the others that we got from you.

  2. Dreamybee

    What beautiful pictures all around! I love the color on your dahlia-so pretty. Glad to hear that the maple is doing well after what sounds like a bit of a traumatic past!

  3. Jan

    Those Cosmos are fabulous!

  4. Les

    Your photography is excellent. I particularly like the geese, even though Canadas have replaced pigeons as the new rats with wings.

  5. HappyMouffetard

    Beautiful photos. Your Cosmos are gorgeous – I must grow some next year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. joco

    I second Les’ remarks:(flying rats and all).
    Love the sugar maple picture: so delicate. Wouldn’t mind a stroll around there:-)
    I wonder if that punctuation-mark butterfly is the one we call ‘Comma’ in the UK.

  7. Betty 819

    Oh my, those two shades of cosmos are so beautiful. Were they started from seeds or purchased as plants already? I want to create a cottage garden next Spring and they would be perfect. I would love to get some of those seeds.

    1. jw

      The Cosmos are very easy to grow. I just seed them directly in the vegetable garden. They are ‘Sensation mixed’ and were started from seed purchased from Stokes. I find Stokes to be a really great source for quantities of seed for some of my favorite flowers and vegetables.

  8. Betty819

    Thanks for replying to my questions. I forgot all about Stokes Seed Co. Yes, they’re an old seed co. been around for a long time, if my memory is working.
    Do you start a lot of seeds indoors during the late winter? Have never tried that but would like to try it this year. Have been seeing how others do it and show it on their blogs, and reading a lot of library books on the subject. Brookside Gardens is only about 3 miles from us and I was thinking of seeing if they have any classes on it, or maybe see if they would allow me to work in the propagation dept. so I could learn from experts or experienced staff. Ferry-Morse is another old seed company, as is Burpee. In rural NC, where I grew up, we used to sell flower seeds as a fund raiser, and I think FM was the company we used. That’s when a pkt. of seeds were 15 and 25 cents or maybe 50 cents. If you sold the entire box, you got to keep the FREE pkts.of sweet peas. That was a big deal to me back then and I still love to see pictures of them. It brings back pleasant memories.

    1. jw

      Yes, I started about 6 trays of veggies and perennials under the lights last winter. If you take the time to set it up with a heating pad and good lights it actually works pretty well. But then you have to manage the timing so they go outside when they start to get bigger. That can be tricky. Brookside should be a great resource for you. They have some wonderful landscape plants.
      You are bringing memories for me too. Burpee had their western seed packing plant just down the street where I grew up in Riverside, California. There are a lot of very interesting seed companies nowadays besides the big corporate ones. I like Diane’s for example.